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Comedian John Pinette, 50, dies of ‘natural causes’ in Pa. hotel

John Pinette, the chubby and lovable stand-up comedian with the self-deprecating sense of humor, was found dead in his Pennsylvania hotel room on Saturday. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office stated he died at the age of 50 from ‘natural causes,’ according to an April 6 report on MSN TV News. His death was confirmed by his agent.

Comedian John Pinette, 50, dies of ‘natural causes’ in Pa. hotel
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Pinette frequently made fun of himself and his size on stage and during his comedy specials "Show Me the Buffett," "I'm Starvin'!" and "Still Hungry." According to his agent, Nick Nuciforo, the comedian had been putting together a new stand up project at the time of his death.

"He should be celebrated for the amazing comedian he was," Nuciforo said.

Pinette was a Boston native who not only excelled in his stand up shows but will be remembered for his appearances in films like “The Punisher” and for his most famous role as the hapless carjacking victim featured in the last episode of “Seinfeld.” His story gets Seinfeld in front of judge because he failed to act under the city’s “good Samaritan” laws.

According to the medical examiner’s office, no autopsy was performed. Pinette’s personal physician signed off on the cause of death. The comedian had been getting ready for a stand-up tour of the U.S. and Canada when he died.

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